Fad Diets

Review: The Grapefruit Diet

The traditional Grapefruit Diet gained widespread popularity in the 1980s. The weight loss plan involved a dramatic reduction in calorie intake—dieters were encouraged to consume no more than 800 calories per day. The main thrust of the diet involved eating large amounts of “fat-burning” grapefruit in order to rev up one’s metabolism. Dieters could eat protein each day—mostly boiled eggs—an occasional piece of dry toast,...

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Review: Eat Right 4 Your Type!

The “Eat Right 4 Your Type!” diet (a program that argues your blood type is the determining factor for selecting what you eat) by naturopath Dr. D’Adamo, is to dieting as astrology is to astronomy. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest called it “as scientific as a horoscope.” Despite the general consensus from qualified professionals, I am...

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Review: The Hollywood Diet

The Hollywood diet has a glamorous name, alright. But is it Hollywood’s official diet? According to the marketing it is. In reality, there’s no evidence it’s more popular in Hollywood than anywhere else. It’s marketing, plain and simple. Is the Hollywood diet an effective and healthy way to lose weight? Does the diet live up to its claims? Fans (i.e., “marketers”) say it is a “cleansing...

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Review: The Negative Calorie Diet

There’s been a fair amount of hype about “negative calorie foods” and the negative calorie diet lately, and I’ve been receiving more than my fair share of questions on the legitimacy of such claims. Let me first say that no, there is no such thing as a “negative calorie food.” Yes, some foods do elevate the metabolism more than others. For example… … it requires 25-30% of the caloric...

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Review: The Scarsdale Diet

The Scarsdale Diet has become one of the most popular weight loss programs in the world. Designed by Dr. Herman Tarnower, the diet is a one to two week program that is made up of 43 percent protein, 22.5 percent fat, and 34.5 percent carbohydrates. One of the major advantages of the Scarsdale Diet is its speed—it tends to yield incredibly quick results. This is due to the fact that it relies on radically reduced calorie consumption....

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